When you stay at Holiday Inn Pittsburgh-Monroeville in Monroeville, you'll be near the airport and convenient to Boyce Park Ski Area. This hotel is within the region of Clayton and Carnegie Museum and Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 187 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including a fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and discounted use of a nearby fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Monroeville? This hotel has 5308 square feet (478 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and small meeting rooms.
Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Monroeville's Monroeville.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Do you hear what I hear? A&W Restaurant serves the best cheap eats!
Rediscover your favorite American meals at A&W Restaurant.
Jim and Lena's Market knows that a great grocery store mixes well-priced food with specialty items to give its customers a perfect mixture of delicious affordability.
Jim and Lena's Market makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Jim and Lena's Market.
Keep your whole family healthy and full with a selection of tasty canned good items from Jim and Lena's Market.
Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Jim and Lena's Market has to offer.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Get your noodle on! Jim and Lena's Market has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Jim and Lena's Market will be tasty no matter what.
A healthy and light snack from Jim and Lena's Market is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Jim and Lena's Market and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Jim and Lena's Market and satisfy your craving.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Jim and Lena's Market.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
No matter what time of day you visit Jim and Lena's Market, you can find easy in-and-out parking for your hot ride.
Check off each and every grocery item on your list when you shop at Pitcairn's Jim and Lena's Market.
Bread at Cajun Cafe and Grill is absolutely delicious.
Have you heard about the amazing frozen food offered here? Conveniently priced and designed to save you time where it counts, you'll be amazed you didn't try these dishes sooner.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Cajun Cafe and Grill and sip your way through tasty goodness.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Cajun Cafe and Grill.
Pick up some noodles from Cajun Cafe and Grill and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
At Cajun Cafe and Grill, you can find a large selection of canned food items and other tasty meal items.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Cajun Cafe and Grill will be tasty no matter what.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
For fresh and tender meat that slides right off the bone, head on over here and browse the latest selection of meats.
Score a close parking spot at Cajun Cafe and Grill.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Esta Esta Restaurant, home of American comfort food.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Esta Esta Restaurant, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Got kids? No problem at Esta Esta Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Esta Esta Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Esta Esta Restaurant.
Esta Esta Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Esta Esta Restaurant, a local restaurant.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Esta Esta Restaurant.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Esta Esta Restaurant.
So head on over to the highly-rated Esta Esta Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Try a taco or opt for a burrito bowl — Mad Mex Monroeville is a quick Tex-Mex favorite in Monroeville.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Mad Mex Monroeville's complimentary wifi.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Mad Mex Monroeville.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Catering services are also available.
You can also grab your food to go.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Mad Mex Monroeville.
The menu at Mad Mex Monroeville is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
With Tex-Mex so good, you'll be a Mad Mex Monroeville regular in no time.
For Tex Mex that will take your palette to the next level, call Mad Mex Monroeville.
Pay Mad Mex Monroeville a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
So head on over to Mad Mex Monroeville for a tasty meal and keep up with the latest and greatest trends in Mexican cuisine.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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